Osceola County Clerk of Courts implements strict dress code

Osceola County Clerk of Courts implements strict dress code

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The new Osceola Clerk of Courts is laying down the law when it comes to what's appropriate for employees to wear to work. The new six-page dress code goes into detail, banning dresses with slits more than 3 inches above the knee, thong sandals and brightly colored shoes.

"The policy has addressed certain problems in the past where employees have taken advantage of loopholes and ambiguities and the new policy is simply a guideline," said Marvin Cortner of the Osceola Clerk of Courts Office.

The dress code, complete with pictures, even says specific outfits are off limits like ankle high boots worn with skirts or dresses -- the main reason for the clothes crackdown is because the old policy wasn't specific enough and workers were pushing the limit, according to Clerk of Courts Armando Ramirez.

"People were wearing low cut tops, I'm talk about women were wearing low cut tops fish net stockings, inappropriate style boots,"Cortner said.

A spokesman for the clerk's office doesn't deny the new dress code mostly targets women -- that's because he says their staff is more than 90 percent female, county workers didn't want to comment on the new code but residents say it makes sense.

"If you're in a business, if you're working in a business yes you should dress properly I don't think u should be showing any skin working in a business," said county resident Norma Clark Robinson.

Employees must sign and date the new policy, those who don't comply will be sent home and repeat offenders could even face termination, the new dress code goes into effect February 11.

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